Liam Reads His First Book

Dick and Jane: We Look and See

I had the whole book typed out so that I could print flash cards of these words at school. I did at first, but then didn’t any longer. His flash cards seem to help and I’ve picked the Dick and Jane story words out of the deck for him to use.

This was the first book that Helena read as well. I’m not exactly sure how old she was when she first got through it all, but my guess would be a month or so earlier than Liam. However, Liam was much more receptive to reading the book than Helena was – she fought reading it for a long time. Once we began, it took Liam about four or five nights (with a day or two off) to get through the whole story. Helena took much longer. Liam probably could have started earlier than he did, but regardless, he’s reading a little, and that is good.

Dick
Look, look
Oh, oh, oh
Look, look, look,
Oh, look

Jane
See, see
See Jane
Oh, Jane
Look, look, look.
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, see.
Oh, see Jane
Funny, funny, Jane

Baby
Look, Dick.
Look, Jane
See Baby.
See, see.
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, Dick.
Look and see.
See Baby.
Look, Jane, look.
See Baby.
Oh, oh, oh.
Funny, funny Baby.

Spot
Come, Dick.
Come and see.
Come, come.
Come and see.
Come and see Spot.
Look, Spot.
Oh, look.
Look and see.
Oh, see.
Run, Spot.
Run, run, run.
Oh, oh, oh.
Funny, funny Spot.

Puff
Jump, Puff.
Jump, jump, jump.
Run, Puff.
Run and jump.
Run, run, run.
Jump, jump, jump.
Oh, oh, oh.
Oh, Puff.
Look and see.
Oh, oh, oh.
Oh, see.

Tim
Jump up, Baby.
Jump up.
Up, up, up.
Jump up.
Come up, Tim.
Come up.
Up, up, up.
Come up.
Look, Dick, look.
See Baby and Tim.
Funny Baby.
Funny Tim.

Tim and Spot
Go up, Tim.
Go up.
Go up, up, up.
Go down, Tim.
Go down.
Go down, down, down.
Oh, Jane.
See Spot and Tim.
See Spot run.
Funny, funny Spot.
Funny, funny Tim.

Up and Down
Come, Puff.
Come and go up.
Go up, up, up.
Come down, down, down.
Go up and down.
Up and down.
Up and down.
Go up, up, up.
Come down, down, down.
Oh, Baby.
See Puff jump.
See Puff run.
Oh, oh, oh.
See Puff jump and run.

Puff and Dick
Come, Baby.
Run, run
Run and see.
Look up, Baby.
Look up and see Puff.
Look up, Baby.
Look up and see Dick.
See Dick go up.
See Dick go up, up, up.
Oh, Jane.
See Dick come down.
See Puff come down.
Down, down, down.
Oh, oh, oh.
See Puff come down.

Look and See
Look, Spot.
Look, Puff.
Look and see.
See Baby and Tim.
Come, Spot, come.
Jump up.
See Puff jump.
Jump up, Spot.
Jump up and see.
Come, Dick, come.
Come and see.
See Spot and Puff.
See Baby and Tim.
Look, look.
Look and see.

See Baby Go
Look, Spot, look.
See Tim and Puff.
Jump, Spot, jump.
Jump up.
Jump up.
Oh, Jane.
Look and see.
See Baby go.
See Tim go.
See Spot and Puff go.
Oh, Dick.
Look, look.
Look and see.
See Spot jump.
See Puff jump.
Oh, oh, oh.

What Ada Did Wrong Today

  • Drew on the wall
  • Drew on the floor (seperate incident)
  • Hit Liam
  • Climbed up on the counter for chocolate
  • Snuck into the cabinet for marshmellows
  • Hit Helena
  • Slammed the keyboard to Dalen’s computer
  • Turned Dalen’s computer off – she loves that power button.

Liam and Lying

Liam has been getting in trouble for lying lately. He does it at home and we’ve told him to stop – that hasn’t happened.

Wednesday at daycare, Liam was lying about a few things – one of which was trying to get some other kid in trouble for something she didn’t do. Dalen was told when she picked him up.

Thursday I picked the kids up because Dalen had parent-teacher conferences. All was well. I told him both at daycare and at home that I’m happy and proud of him that he had a good day.

Friday Dalen gets a call. Liam apparently was telling the workers there that some red ball was his from home and he wanted to bring it with him. I wanted to make him eat only vegetables for dinner, but Dalen gave him some spaghetti sauce and candied apples, too. Then we didn’t let him watch the video with the other kids. Who knows how long this will go on.

Conversation

As I’m typing grades into the computer, the three kids are in the dining room drawing. Helena and Liam are talking about a girl at daycare.

Liam: Her dog died
Helena: That’s okay, she can always just buy a new one.
Liam: Yeah, except she says that she doesn’t have the money.

Liam’s Accident

Today at Target Ada was dragging behind us – well, walking down aisles just for fun as Helena, Liam, and I walked ahead. Helena and Liam were trying to get Ada to come along. Liam was especially determined…he was saying, “C’mon Ada” while running in my direction but looking back at Ada. Then he just turned to face forward just as he hit one of the poles in the aisle. You can really tell that those poles are hollow from the sound that it made. Ouch!

Ada Asks for Help

Last night when I was swinging Ada around (which I always do), she happens to see the stuffed dragon that she brought home from daycare on the floor whose name is “Dave”. So in the middle of a wild swing, she says, “Help me, Dave”. When most of her sentences are three words like, “more milk, peees”, to hear her ask a stuffed animal for help in a complete sentence was pretty funny. Helena laughed for ten minutes.